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Music Quotes: The Healing-Art of Music

"Music, the greatest good that mortals know.  And all of heaven we have below." - Alfred Addison

“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, or if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.” – Confucius

"If you are able to discover your own keynote or chord and play it over gently to yourself, you will revive as if by magic. Your keynote can be ascertained by listening to some good music. When the note is played it will send a thrill right through you." - Vera Stanley Alder

"The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe" - Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Rhythm and harmony enter most powerfully into the inner most part of the soul and lay forcible hands upon it, bearing grace with them, so making graceful him who is rightly trained.”  - Plato

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~ Berthold Auerbach

"Music raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions: it strengthens and advances praise into rapture." ~Joseph Addison

"There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent." - Montaigne  

“I knew a very wise man who believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.”  - Andrew Fletcher, author and orator, (quote was recorded in Scottish Parliament in 1704)

“Music can be soothing or invigorating ennobling or vulgarizing, philosophical or orgiastic.  It has powers of evil as well as for good.” ~ Dr. Howard Hanson, Directory of the Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester

"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart." ~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87), American clergyman, brother of Harriet Beecher-Stowe

"Music making makes the elderly healthier.... There were significant decreases in anxiety, depression, and loneliness following keyboard lessons. These are factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune system, and in improved health. Results also show significant increases in human growth hormones following the same group keyboard lessons. (Human growth hormone is implicated in aches and pains.)" ~ Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in AMC Music News, June 2, 1999  

"At that elusive moment when we transcend our ordinary performance and feel in harmony with something else—whether it's a glorious sunset, inspiring music or another human being—our studies have shown that what we are really coming in sync with is ourselves. Not only do we feel more relaxed and at peace, but this entrained state increases our ability to perform well and offers numerous health benefits." ~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin, HeartMath Solution

"Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm." Baba Tunji

"Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." - William Congreve

"The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest nonchemical medication." - Oliver Sacks, Awakenings

"I think music in itself is healing.  It's an explosive expression of humanity.  It's something we are all touched by.  No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." ~ Billy Joel

"Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity." — Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System.

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